Monday, November 21, 2022

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - November 21, 2022

It's the Monday before Thanksgiving and plans for the holiday season are well under way!

How are things going your way? Are you ready for Thanksgiving? How was your week and weekend?

Christmas Decor Going Up @ Union Station
Kansas City, Missouri

My week here was full, crazy, wildly busy, and fun; my weekend was also full, but quiet, relaxing, and enjoyable. Pictures from the past week and weekend are scattered throughout this post.

Ceiling of Union Station
Kansas City, Missouri

I had the followup appointment with my doctor last Monday concerning the infection that had developed in my upper hip. She said that it still looked "impressively terrible" but that it was healing nicely. She extended the antibiotics another week and said to keep doing what I was doing (bentonite clay with charcoal and tea tree oil and Watkins Petro-Carbo Salve) because it was working. Unless something unexpected happens, I do not have to return to her again until next year. Praise the Lord!

The Missouri State Park Quilt 
Currently on Display @ Graham Cave State Park
Danville, Missouri

The Block Representing My Park
Prairie State Park - Mindenmines, Missouri
Top Row and Second From the Left

Tuesday was spent running errands and packing; on Wednesday I left to go to Amanda and Aaron's for a few days. 

Inside Union Station
Kansas City, Missouri

Soon after my arrival we visited a few places that we had been talking about going to for quite some time. The first place we went was to the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium in Union Station downtown. No pictures were allowed to be taken during the show, but it was great! 

After the planetarium, we visited Forest Hills Cemetery where several famous local personalites are buried. Among the graves that we visited were those of Satchel Paige, R.A. Long, and Tom Pendergast, but, the one that we were actually there to see, was the grave of Confederate General Jo Shelby. My 3rd great-grandfather served under him during the Civil War; visiting General Shelby's grave served as another adventure for us in our tour of 'Little Dixie'. 

Shelby's Last Stand
Grave of General Jo Shelby
Monument Honoring the Confederate Dead

Early Thursday morning we took off and drove across the state to Deutschheim State Historic Site at Hermann, Missouri.

Deutschheim State Historic Site
Hermann, Missouri

Hermann is a lovely little town that was founded by German Americans in the late 1830's. It sits overlooking the Missouri River and is one of the most beautiful towns I've ever seen. Most of the structures are made of brick and are of German design. 

The White House Hotel
Hermann, Missouri

Looking Out The Window
@ Deutschheim

Harbor Hal's Inn and Suites
Hermann, Missouri

St. Paul's United Church-Christ
Hermann, Missouri

The Strehly House
Circa 1842-1869
Hermann, Missouri

We ate lunch at the Hermann Wurst Haus Market. The atmosphere was quaint...the food delicious! Aaron even found some locally made root beer!

Traditional German Sausages and More

Amanda, Aaron, and Alysia Getting Ready
For Lunch @ the Hermann Wurst Haus

I Chose the Reuban with Chips and a Pickle
It was so good!

Calvin's 1836 Barrel-Style Root Beer
Made in Hermann, Missouri

After touring Deutschheim, we visited the Missouri River and the Hermann Riverfront Park.

Hermann Riverfront Park

The Missouri River @ Hermann, Missouri

Amanda, Aaron, and Alysia
Hermann Waterfront - Hermann, Missouri

While out on our full-day adventure we also visited Graham Cave State Park, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site, and, ended up in Jefferson City at Jefferson Landing. Altogether I added five new state parks and historic sites to my collection. What a great day!

Graham Cave State Park

Rock Bridge State Park
Columbia, Missouri

Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site
Columbia, Missouri

The Missouri State Capitol Building
@ Jefferson City, Missouri

The Governor's Mansion
@ Jefferson City, Missouri

I had a sweet surprise waiting for me at Jefferson Landing. 
My friend, Angela, who I mentored at Spring Training in 2018,
works there! I had no idea! It was great seeing her again after
all this time. We had a very short, but wonderful visit! 💗

After we got Amanda and Aaron's they had enough energy left to put up their Christmas tree. I went to bed and saw it the next morning! LOL!

Amanda and Aaron's Christmas Tree 2022

I came home from Kansas City on Friday, worked Saturday (frost flowers were out in full force!), and visited Patrick and Amber's church in Rich Hill on Sunday. A lovely Thanksgiving meal was served afterwards. Sunday evening was spent relaxing. 

Table Decor @ Lighthouse Family Fellowship
Rich Hill, Missouri

Now, here we are, back around to Monday and the day is getting away from me. Let's take a look at the week ahead...shall we?

Weekend Frost Flowers

Have been without hot water again since Friday (last time was without for 22 days! I highly suggest never purchasing a Richmond brand hot water tank. They're junk!!! This is the third one we've had since moving into this house in 2016). Surprisingly, though, even though the warrenty expired in February (?), the company acknowledged that there is a known issue with the gas valve on the 2020 model and are sending replacement parts free of charge anyway. I'm so thankful! 

This week's master to-do list...

- clean house
- do laundry
- wait for the parts for the hot water heater to arrive and get it fixed
- meet Amanda for supper in Nevada when she picks Kayla up 
- make my contributions for Thanksgiving dinner (bake a turkey, make Heavenly Corn, and make two pumpkin rolls)
- celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends
- answer a few cards and letters
- mail a birthday card
- work

This week's menu plan...

Supper tonight...turkey sausage patty with fried potatoes, onions, and peppers. Tomorrow night...taco soup or chili with crackers or cornbread.

On Wednesday I plan on baking a turkey breast to slice and freeze in portions appropriate for multiple meals. I will also bake and assemble the pumpkin rolls. 

Wednesday night I will bake the turkey for Thanksgiving at Patrick and Ambers on a low temperature overnight. Thursday, of course, will be Thanksgiving fare all day long and the weekend will be steeped in leftovers, I'm sure! Yum!

That's it for me today! How about you? How's your Monday going? I hope your day is going well and that your week is off to a great start! I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and may God's richest blessings be yours throughout this holiday season!

Until next time...

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  1. Wow, what a whirlwind of a week you had! I think I need a day to rest just reading about it all. They were just talking about the Christmas decorations at Union Station on the news this morning. Hoping I can make it out there, looked amazing. Always wanted to go to Hermann as well. Glad your infection is healing, must have missed something. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Oh, I know it, Jean! I cannot believe all the stuff that Amanda and I can cram into one short visit. We're really good at it! LOL! Yes, Union Station was beautiful and they weren't even done decorating yet when we were there. And, yes, Hermann is beautiful! I cannot wait to go back and explore further. An absolutely amazing place all the way around! Thanks for stopping in. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the time with your family!

  2. Hello! I thought I was following you, and then I saw your comment on Mrs. White's blog. and popped over here. I added you to my reading list so now I will not miss a post! Happy Thanksgiving! Have a cozy day!

    1. Hey, Billie Jo! I'm glad you're here! Thanks for adding me to your reading list. I subscribed to your blog, as well, by email, and will stay in touch. I appreciate the following and comment! You have a Happy Thanksgiving, too, and have the merriest and lovliest of holiday seasons! Blessings!


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